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NRSC Seeks End To Music-Info Cutoff On Radio Displays

11/22/2011 12:22:24 PM Eastern
Arlington, Va. - Home and car radios whose text displays cut off the names of artists and songs broadcast by radio stations could become less common, thanks to an NRSC (National Radio Systems Committee) initiative.

The NRSC, which is jointly run by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Association of Broadcasters, completed a quantitative analysis of Program Associated Data (PAD) broadcast by radio stations. The analysis summarizes the number of characters in artist names, song titles, and album titles broadcast by radio stations.

The study, which is available to hardware makers, "provides receiver makers and broadcasters with information about the lengths of song titles and artist names to help them make decisions about how best to convey this information to consumers," said Dave Wilson, director of the CEA's technology and standards department.

The study doesn't call on suppliers to adopt scrolling displays or minimum display sizes, but it "simply presents information about field lengths so that receiver manufacturers can make informed decisions about how they display song title and artist information," he said.

Receiver makers and broadcasters can use the data to "clearly and consistently deliver this information to consumers over various devices," Wilson added.

For the study, broadcast group Clear Channel Radio developed an extensive PAD database of more than 149,000 program items, CEA noted.
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